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Pieris japonica Katsura (Japanese Pieris Katsura) is a medium-sized evergreen shrub which will reach an eventual height of circa 1 metre, therefore quite low-growing. Each Spring, Pieris Japonica Katsura produces clusters of pale pink flowers, very popular with bees and other pollinators. This is followed by the new foliage which is a striking deep red (maroon colour) that turns green as the foliage matures. Pieris Japonica naturally develops an attractive dome-shape. Pieris are more commonly known as Lily of the Valley shrubs due to their similar-looking flowers. This variety of Pieris, Pieris Japonica Katsura is very hardy. It will grow in most parts of the UK and survive freezing temperatures, but may struggle in open or exposed sites of more northern climates.
Japanese Pieris are great plants for all year round interest due to their seasonal foliage changes. They make a good low to mid-sized plant in a shrubbery or mixed flower border, providing cover for ferns or other shade-loving plants.Pieris Japonica Katsura will also perform well in a container on the patio or balcony provided you water it in the summer months.
How To Care For Pieris Japonica Katsura
This is a hardy plant provided it is not bombarded with winds, so make sure your Pieris Katsura has adequate shelter from strong gusts. Next to a sunny or partially shady fence, hedge or wall is ideal.
Pieris tend to grow better in acidic soils that are sandy and loamy. Moisture is important too, but it should be well-drained. Pieris roots will rot if they are left in water-logged conditions. If your soil is alkaline, dig in plenty of soil improver and ericaceous compost and top it up each year to get the best from the foliage.
See also Pieris Forest Flame and Pieris Flaming Silver.
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